Administratively, Le Havre is a commune in the Normandy region in the west of the department of Seine-Maritime.The urban area of Le Havre corresponds roughly to the territory of the Agglomeration community of Le Havre (CODAH) It occupies the south-western tip of the natural region of Pays de Caux where it is the largest city.The lack of watercourses within the commune prevents flooding from overflows.
The Port 2000 project increased the container capacity to compete with ports of northern Europe, transformed the southern districts of the city, and ocean liners returned.
Modern Le Havre remains deeply influenced by its employment and maritime traditions.
After Reims, it is also the second largest subprefecture in France.
The name Le Havre means "the harbour" or "the port". The city and port were founded by King Francis I in 1517.
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Le Havre is located 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of Rouen on the shore of the English Channel and at the mouth of the Seine.
Numerous roads link to Le Havre with the main access roads being the A29 autoroute from Amiens and the A13 autoroute from Paris linking to the A131 autoroute.
These are caused by the combination of strong winds, high waves, and a large tidal range.